In 1931, cofounders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts bought Fruitland Nurseries, now the site of the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. In 1933, the club officially opened up and just a year later in 1934, the first Masters Tournament was played.
In 1949, one of the most prestigious traditions was started. Sam Snead, the 1949 winner, was the first to have a green jacket presentation. The green jacket has now become a symbol of domination and class. The winner is allowed to keep the jacket for the first year, but returns it to the club after the first year to be worn whenever they return to the course.
Throughout the years, the prizes have gotten more intense and more valuable. Not only does the winner receive the famous green jacket, but they also get a large sum of money, a gold medal and they have their name engraved on the silver Masters trophy. The first winner of the Masters, Horton Smith, received $1,500, while the 2014 winner, Bubba Watson, received $1,620,000.
Even though this was Watson’s second time winning the Masters, his playing was not the talk of the town. Jordan Spieth, a 20-year-old from Dallas, Texas, not only gave Watson a run for his money, but he also almost beat Tiger Woods for being the youngest man ever to win the Masters.
Spieth won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2009 and 2011, joining Woods as the only two players ever to win it more than once. Spieth has been named Junior Golfer of the year, Rolex Junior Player of the Year and became the sixth youngest player to ever play in the PGA tour. After high school, Spieth went on to play golf at the University of Texas where he leads the team in scoring.
In 2013, Spieth was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. In 2013, he went from being ranked 810th to being ranked 22nd.To kick off 2014, Spieth began the season by playing in this past week’s Masters. On the last day of the Masters, many would have predicted that Spieth would become the youngest man ever to win the Masters.
Spieth and Watson, the winner, entered the last round tied at five under, but Spieth quickly surpassed Watson and was two strokes ahead. On the back nine, Spieth started to lose his touch and Watson eventually beat him out.
Spieth finished the tournament with a score of 72 while Watson finished with a score of 69. This was Watson’s second win at the Masters. The first and second places upped both of the men’s rankings in the world. Spieth went from 17th to 9th, just behind Phil Mickelson, and Watson went from 12th to 4th.
-Madison Guidry, Senior Sports Editor